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field of operation than New Haven afTorded, and
for other reasons, he went to New York City, and
there with Charles P. Burdett formed a partnership
under the title of Burdett & Everit. which continued
for nine or ten years, the firm building up a large
and profitable business with Brazil, the West Indies
and Europe.

In 1869 in the very prime of life and in the
full tide of prosperity, Mr. Everit, at the early age
of forty-five, retired from business, solely in con-
sequence of ill health. Returning to New Haven,
he established for himself a beautiful and charming
home, located on a level plateau, on the east side of
Whitney avenue, only half a mile distant and in full
and grand view of the precipitous front of East
Rock, the park itself extending nearly to his
grounds. Here he is enjoying with his family tho
fruits of a well-sj>ent life, and dispenses a generous
hospitality to his many friends. ^Ir. Everit is en-
terprising and public-spirited, as is evidenced in the
appearance of his commodious grounds and resi-
rlence. which add great beauty to the "City of
Elms.'' In 1869 he purchased a large farm about
twenty-two miles west from Boston, in what is now
the flourishing town of South Framingham. This
land is laid out for the building of a city, and ^Ir.
Everit has spent a great amount of money and
time on the property.

On Feb. 5. 1861, Air. Everit was married to
Miss Mary Talman Lawrence, daughter of Watson
E. Lawrence, of New York, and Augusta Maria
(Nicoll) Lawrence, of New Haven, and children
as follows have been born to them : Richard Law-
rence, of South Framingham, Mass. ; Emma Au-
gusta, deceased: Arthur Mansfield, of Buft'alo, N.
v.; Annie Coley. wife of Dr. L. S. De Forest; and
Edward Hotchkiss, at this writing superintendent
of Equipment of the Southern New England Tele-
phone Co. .



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Oil his mother's side Richard Mansfield Everit
is in tlie seventh generation from Richard Avians-
field who came from Exeter,' Devonshire, England,
aiul settled in Quinnipiac (now Xew Haven).
I-'roin this settler our subject's lineage is through
.Major Moses, Jonathan, Lieut. Xathan. William
and Sarah (Mansfield) Everit. William Mansfield,
son of Lieut. Xathan, was born April i, 1750, at
tlie old Mansfield home on the present site of the
Shcfheld North College, and married (first) Dec.
25, 1770, Elizabeth Lyon, daughter of William and
Elizabeth (Maltby) Lyon.

EDWARD IVES (deceased) was for many
years one of the best known citizens and prominent
farmers of Cheshire. He was a native of X^'ew
Haven county, born in Meriden. Oct. 14, 1836, and
was a great-grandson of Zachariah Ives, one of the
first settlers of Cheshire, where he followed farm-
ing. Jesse Ives, son of Zachariah, followed farming
in Meriden, where he died Feb. 12, 1836, leaving
his wife, Marilla (Johnson), a native of South-
ington, Conn., and four children, Jotham, Lyman,
Rosctta and .\lmon, all now deceased.

Jotham Ives, father of our subject, was born
in Meriden Sept. 7, 1808, and was there reared and
educated. He wedded Mary Rice Way, who was
born in Meriden Sept. 10, 1807. and died Aug. 31,
1878. His death occurred ^May 18, 1864. Of their
five children Edward was the eldest: Amos was
mayor of IMeriden in i897-<:)8-9g ; Betsey is the wife
of Robert Hallani, of South Zvleriden : Julius Isaac
is a resident of Meriden ; and Almon J. makes his
home in Tracy, a town of Wallingford.

Edward Ives pasised his boyhood and youth in
Meriden, and attended school there. In 1862 he
purchased a farm in Cheshire, to wdiich he moved
in May of that year, and on which he continued to
make his home until called from this life }ilarch 25,
1880. As a public-spirited and progressive citi-
zen he gave his support to every worthy enterprise
for the public good, and in his death the commu-
nity realized that it had lost a valuable and useful
citizen. He was widely and favorably known and
had a host of warm personal friends, who esteemed
him highly for his sterling worth.

On April 25, 1862, in Middletown, Conn., Mr.
Ives married Aliss Lois Lucelia Smith, and to them
were born two children: (i) Howard Edward,
wdio is engaged in general farming on the home
place, was married. Oct. 25, 1899, in Cheshire, to
Miss Cornelia ]\Iatilda .\twater; they have a son.
Edward Atwater. Ixjrn Sept. 16, 1901. ('2) Henri-
etta, who married, Aug. 30, 1888, John C. Rapson.
<^i South Meriden, and hais two children, Hazel
Lucelia and Lilian Gertrude.

Mrs. Ives is a native of Cheshire, and belongs
to quite an old and prominent Connecticut familv.
Hit paternal great-grandparents were David and
Abigail (Lewis) Smith, natives of Southington.
Conn., and the former a son of David Smith and



grandson of Gideon Smith. Mrs. Ives' grandpar-
ents were Gideon Lewiis and Lois (Barnes) Smith,
also natives of Southington, who in 1823 moved to
Cheshire, where the grandfather followed farming
throughout the remainder of his life, dying there
Jan. 20, 1850. His wife died July 31, 1846. Their
children were. Elizabeth, wife of Sherman Hart, of
Berlin, Conn. : Rhoda, wife of John Hall, of Ken-
sington ; Abigail, wife of Seth Pratt, of Southing-
ton; Sylvia, wife of David Beach, of Southington;
Loyal, the father of Mrs. Ives; Rollin. who died in
Qieshire ; Lois, who married Asahel Warner, and
died in Auburn, New York; and Lola, wife of
Burritt Parker, of Southington.

Loyal Smith, Mrs. Ives' father, was born in
Southington, July 14, 1807, and died Oct. 31, 1870.
He was si.xteen years of age when the family re-
moved to Cheshire, where he afterward engaged in
farming throughout life. He was quite a prominent
and influential citizen of his community, and was
a member of the State Legislature from Cheshire in
1856 and again in 1867. In that town he was mar-
ried, Oct. 29, 1829, to Aliss Henrietta Dickerman,
who was born in Hamden X'ov. 26, 1807, and died
June 10, 1864, a daughter of Samuel and Lois
(Peck) Dickerman, also natives of Hamden, where
her mother died Nov. 12, 1822. Her father died
in Cheshire June 30, 1840. To ;\Ir. and ;\Irs.
Smith were born eight children, as follows : Sereno
D., a resident of ISIeriden ; Lois, who died at the age
of six years ; Eliza, who died in Cheshire in 1848,
at the age of eleven years ; Lois Lucelia, now ^Irs.
lyes ; Rhoda. wife of Amos Ives, of Meriden ;
Loyal B., of Cheshire ; Samuel D., of Wallingford ;
and Franklin Pierce, a farmer of Cheshire. .

EDWIN AUGUSTUS HOTCHKISS, who
passed away Dec. 16, 1883, ranked among the lead-
ing business men and citizens of New Haven in his
day, and no man enjoyed to a greater extent the
esteem of all with whom he was associated.

Mr. Hotchkiss was born in New Haven Dec. 4,
1835, and was a son of Isaac Thompson Hotchkiss,
also a native of that city, where he was long en-
gaged in the coal bir?iness, becoming a prominent
figure in the mercantile circles of the city. He
died in 1870. Edwin A. Hotchkiss attended the
New Haven schools, also Major Russell's Military
Academy — the school in which many of the leading
citizens of X'ew Haven have finished their literary
training. After reaching' his mature years he was
associated with his fatlier in the coal business,
which after the death of that honored gentleman
he carried on with his brother, David T. Hotch-
kiss. until his death. He was one of the largest
dealers in coal in the city, and took a high position
in mercantile circles by reason of his force and
strength of character, backed by executive ability,
good judgment and the strictest integrity.

On Nov. 23, 1858, Mr. Hotchkiss was united
in marriage with ^liss Caroline Mulford Parker,



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who was born Feb. 6, 1838, and they had three
children, two of whom are Hvinc:: ( i ) Edwin A.,
born Sept. 28. 1859, is engaged with his uncle in
the blotting paper business, and is a very tine young
business man. lie and his brother are both es-
teemed for their genuine and unaftected manli-
ness, and have a ho.-t of friends. Edwin A. Hotcii-
kiss is a member of the Union League Club, and like
all the familv attends Trinitv Church. (2) Caro-
line M., born July 31, 1866. died Dec. 18, 1868.
(3) Howard Parker, born April i. 1870, a graduate
■of Sheffield Scientific School, is now in the employ
of the Security Insurance Co. On June 14. 1900,
lie married A. Mabel Lee, of Athol, ]\Iass., daugh-
ter of Joseph Lee, now deceased, and they have one
child, Howard Parker. Jr., born Aug. 27, 1901.
All of the family enjoy a reputation for superior
character, kindliness and general intelligence of a
high order, and their fine qualities, cordial spirit,
general progrefsiveness and wide-awake ideas, are
fully appreciated by their many friends. The com-
fortable and attractive home, which Mrs. Hotchkiss
now occupies, at Xo. 1226 Chapel street, was erected
"by her father. Col. Joseph Parker, and is one of
the most imposing in this city of elegant homes.
Edwin A. Hotchkiss, the father, was a man far
above the average in qualities of both head and
"heart. Though an able business man and inflexible
in the 'discharge of his duties, he was kindness itself
to all with whom he came in contact in any of the
relations of life, and especially in his own home,
where he was ever regarded as the model husband
and father. In his death Xew Haven sufYered the
loss of a worthy citizen, the commercial world a
man of fine business talent, and society a gentleman
whose presence was ever welcome among the ranks
■of the most cultured.

Col. Joseph Parker, father of Mrs. Hotchkiss,
was the inventor of blotting paper, and was one of
the largest manufacturers of paper in the country.
He was born in Litchfield county. Conn., son of
Dr. Joseph Parker, practicing physician in that
■county all his life. Col. Joseph Parker married
Caroline INIulford. who was born in Xew Haven,
daughter of Hervev Mulford. one of the old resi-
•dents of that city. Hervey Mulford was a grad-
uate of Yale College, and was a lifelong merchant.
To Col. and Mrs. Parker were l>orn six children,
two of whom are now living: Joseph, who is stili
■carr>-ing on his father's business, and ^Irs. Edwin
A. Hotchkis'5.

WILLIS C. H.\LL, proprietor of a leading
grocerv in Waterbury, is a native of Connecticut,
^orn ilarch 16. 1833, in Cheshire, and comes of
good old Connecticut stock, of English ancestry.

John Hall (i), the great-great-great-great-
great-grandfather of our subject, came to these
shores from England about the vear 1638. first lo-
cating in Boston, then in Xew Haven, Conn., and
later settling in W'allingford, where he died. His



son John (2), and grandson. John (3), were born
in England, and his great-grandson John (4) was
born in W'allingford. Jared Hall, great-great-
grandson of the emigrant, and the great-grand-
father of our subject, was born July 19, 1741, in
W'allingford. He married Lucy Hall.

Amos Hall, son of Jared, and the grandfather
of our subject, was born May 21, 1773. in Cheshire,
Corn. He married Elizabeth Dontecou, a lineal
descendant of Pierre Bontccou, merchant, who was
a French Huguenot refugee from La Rochelle,
France, and landed in Xew York in 1689. He was
a prominent member of the French Huguenot Epis-
copal Church in Xew York, in which he held prom-
inent offices. Amos and Elizabeth (Bontecou)
Hall settled on a farm in Wallingford, now in Che-
shire, where they reared a famil\- of children as
follows: (I) Eliza, born Sept. 21, 1804, married
William Prichard, son of David and .\nn ( Hitch-
cock) Prichard, and they then settled in Bruns-
wick. Ohio, where he was a farmer and drover ; he
died in Jefferson, Iowa. (2) Charles is the father
of our subject. (3) Xancy, born in Xovember,
1808, died May 4. 1873 ; she married Hiram Brad-
ley, of Cheshire, Conn., born Oct. 3, 1809, and they
settled in Southington, Conn., where he followed
the business of carriage and wagonmaker. (4)
Amos, born Feb. 18, 181 1, married Aspatia Doo-
little, and for some time they lived in Cheshire, later
removing to Brunswick, Ohio, where he followed
farming. He returned to Cheshire, and died there
Aug. 16, 1861. She is also deceased, and they are
buried at Cheshire. (5) George A., born Jan. 31,
1814, married Sarah Merriams. of Proipect, Conn.,
a daughter of Rufus and Mary { Hotchkiss ) Aler-
riams ; he was a farmer, and now lives in the town
of Waterbury. (6) Susan S., born Oct. 13, 1817,
married Henry Livingston, of Brunswick, Ohio, a
son of Henry G. Livingston ; they both died in
Brunswick, she on May 5, 1885. I y) Henrietta E.,
born April 30, 1821, married Edward Terrell, of
Waterbury Conn., and died there Feb. 5, 1870.

Oiarles Hall, father of our subject, was born in
Cheshire, Conn., Oct. 12, 1806. On Sept. 30, 1830,
he married Amy Moss, daughter of Asahel and Amy
Andrews (Hitchcock) Moss, and a lineal descend-
ant from John Moss, one of the first settlers of
Wallingford, who died at the patriarchal age of one
hundred and three years. Some time after their
marriage our subject's parents moved to Brunswick,
Ohio, settling on a wild tract of farm land. In
1843 he returned to Cheshire, where he died on his
farm: his wife passed away Aug. 13, 1875. In re-
ligious faith they were identified with the Congre-
gational Church, he being a Sunday-school teacher
in same. In politics he was first a \Miig, later a
Republican. In 1832 he was commissioned, by Gov.
Peters of Connecticut, as captain of the 32d Regi-
ment of Militia. A family of nine children were
born to Charles Hall and his wife: (i) Celia E.
died at the age of four years. (2) Willis C. is our



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subject. (3) Ellen M., born Jan. 12, 1835, mar-
ried Seth Eleada Frost, who was born in W'olcott
]."cb. 24, 1832, and is a farmer in Southington.
C"onn. (4) Emma, born Aug. 11, 1837, was mar-
ried, Dec. 25, i860, by Rev. John S. C. Abbott, to
IClnier William Hitchcock, and they settled on a
farm in Cheshire. (5j Gardner M., born in Bruns-
wick, Ohio, Jan. 11, 1841, died- Oct. 13, 1880; he
was a member of the firm of the Hall & Upson Ice
Co., also president of the Naugatuck \'alley Co., of
IJridgeport, Conn. On May 10, 1870, he married
Georgiana Elizabeth Mullings, daughter of John
and Elizabeth (Brooki) ^lullings. (6j Franklin
Amos, born in Brunswick, Ohio, Aug. i. 1843, en-
listed in Company H, 20th Conn. V. I., during the
Civil war, was captured and confined in Libby
prison. On his return home he became a travel-
ing salesman, and later proprietor of the "Earle
House," Waterbury. On Oct. 9, 1867, he married
Adelaide Ulissa Alunger, daughter of Daniel and
Eliza (Russell) Munger, of Waterbury. He died
Feb. 20, 1879. (7) Denison Asahel, born Jan. 18,
1847, died unmarried Dec. 2, 1875. (8) Adelaide
Eliza, born Sept. 17, 1849, was married. June 14,
1871, to George B. Lawton, of Waterbury; he is
a diesinker in \\'aterbury, and lives in Cheshire.
(9) Warren L., born May 21. 1856, is a merchant
in Waterbury; he married, Dec. 14, 1881, Etta
Louise Andrews, of Xaugatuck.

Willis C. Hall, the subject proper of these lines.
passed his boyhood in his native place. Cheshire,
with the exception of the five years he lived in
Ohio, and he received a liberal education at the dis-
trict schools. For a time he worked on a farm, and
later clerked for Samuel Hitchcock, in Cheshire,
some four years, after which for two years he con-
ducted a dry-goods and grocery business. His store
being destroyed by fire, he returned to the old farm
for a time, or until 1862, in that year taking up his
residence in Waterbury, where he worked for the
Scovill Manufacturing Co. for some time, and then
clerked for B. S. Hotchkiss eight years, after
which he and I. A. Spencer conducted a grocery
store in Waterbury seven years. Mr. Hall then
opened a grocery on Bank street, which he con-
tinued one year, at the end of which time he and
his brother, Warren L., went into a fruit and com-
mission business, the copartnership existing four
years. In the fall of 1890 he opened his present
grocery business at No. 1 1 Cherry street, in which
he is meeting with desirable success.

On May 26, 1857, Mr. Hall married Elizabeth
Heatly, daughter of William Heatly, of England,
whose ancestors fought under William the Con-
queror ; she died Nov. 20, 1873, the mother of three
children: Charles Edward, Walter (deceased) and
Gardner Irving. On June 13, 1876, Mr. Hall mar-
ried (second) Orinda Daniels, who was born in
Poughkeepsie, N. Y.. daughter of Joseph B. and
Eleanor (ISIiller) Daniels, and two children came
of this union, Joseph and Alfred, both of whom



died at the age of five years. Mr. and Mrs. Halt
are members of the Episcopal Church at Water-
bury. In politics he is a Republican, and he cast
his first presideiuial vote for Fremont. He is a
prominent member of the comnumity in which he
hves, a supporter of all matters of public concern
that are calculated to advance the public welfare,
snd all who know him hold him in high regard.

BENJAMIN BREWSTER BROWN was a
deacon of the Congregational Church of Prospect
for several years, and the oldest living resident of
that town. He was born in Windsor, N. Y., Sept.
24, 1815, a son of Daniel and Charlotte (Ro<?)
Brown, both natives of Long Island. His maternal
grandfather was Capt. Roe, who served as an of-
ficer in the Revolutionary war. The father fol-
lowed farming both on Long Island and in Wind-
sor, N. Y., and both he and his wife died at the
latter place. They were earnest and consistent
members of the Presbyterian Church, and he was a
Democrat in politics.

Our subject attended the public schools and also
a select school of his native town, but the greater
part of his education was acquired through his own
unaided effort's. He assisted his father in the op-
eration of the farm until sixteen vears of age and
then learned the tailor's trade, which he continued
to follow until 1845. It was during that year that
he came to Prospect, and located on the farm which
he owned and occupied until his death. Through
the summer months he engaged in agricultural pur-
suits, while during the winter he successfully en-
gaged in teaching school for fifteen years, being
employed in the district schools of Prospect and
Cheshire, and at that time he was one of the most
popular educators of the community. He continued
to actively engage in farming until old age com-
pelled his retirement.

In Prospect Mr. Brown married Miss Emily
B. Hotchkiss, a native of that town and a daughter
of David M. and Zeruah (Stevens) Hotchkiss, and
granddaughter of Frederick Hotchkiss. By this
union were born two children ; ( i) Clarence Henry,
a resident of Wallingford, Conn., and' deacon of the
Baptist Church there, married Nettie F. Alansfield,
and has two children, Emily Adeline and Edna
Louise. (2) Frederick Hotchkiss, who is engaged
in the furniture business in New Haven, and is dea-
con of the Congregational Church there ; he mar-
ried Kate E. Woodward, of Bethany. The wife
and mother, who was a good Christian woman and
an active member of the Congregational Church,
died April i, 1887.

In 1864 yiv. Brown was elected on the Repub-
lican ticket to the State Legislature, and was called
upon to fill other offices, having served as a mem-
ber of the school committee, as selectman of Pros-
pect, and justice of the peace for several years. On
attaining his majority he became identified with the
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later, on account of his views on the temperance
question, he cast his ballot with the Prohibition
party. For many years he was an active and promi-
nent member of the Congregational Church, and
served as teacher in, and superintendent of the Sun-
day-school, and for the long period of forty years
filled the office of deacon. His long and well-spent
life justly entitled him to the high regard in which
he was held, and no citizen in Prospect was more
honored or esteemed. Over his life record there
falls no 'Shadow of wrong, his public service was
most exemplary, and his private life was marked
by the utmost fidelity to duty. He died at his home,
which he loved so well, Jxily 31, 1900, and was
laid to rest beside his wife in the Prospect cemetery.

LEWIS ROSSITER ELIOT (deceased), in
his lifetime one of Guilford's best known and most
highly respected citizens, descended from one of
the oldest -famiUes of Connecticut. Tradition traces
the ancestry of the Eliots of England to the. time of
the landing of William the Conqueror on the shores
of that country in 1066. In tlie early history of
England the name was variously spelled Eliot, El-
liot, Elyot, Elyotte, etc.

John Eliot, commonly called the '"apostle to the
Indians," was the American ancestor of the Elliots
and ElioLS, of which family our subject is a worthy
member. That great and good man was born in
England, Dec. 20. 1604, in — as authorities claim —
Nasing, County of Esse.x. though both the counties
of Devon and Cornwall lay claim to his birthplace,
and there is a record of his baptism in the register
of the church at Widford, Herefordshire. Nothing
is related of his parents except that they gave him
a liberal education and were exemplary for their
piety, to which fact Mr. Eliot himself bore testi-
mony, when, in after years, he wrote thus : 'T do
see that it was a great favor of God unto me to
season mv first years with the fear of God, the
word, and praver.'' He was educated at Jesus Col-
lege, University of Cambridge, where he became
distinguished for his love of the languages, es-
pecially Greek and Hebrew, of which he acquired
a sound, thorough and discriminating knowledge.
He became well versed in the general course of lib-
eral studies, and was particularly learned in the-
ology. After leaving the university lie was em-
ployed as usher in the grammar school of Rev.
Thomas Hooker, at Little Baddow, County of Es-
sex. Mr. Hooker subsequently was one of the
most eminent of the worthies of New England.
He exerted a salutary influence on the formation
of Mr. Eliot's character and principles, and decided
him in pursuing the profession of a Christian min-
ister. When Mr. Hooker was driven from Eng-
land, Mr. Eliot followed him to the New World,
making the voyage in the ship "Lion," and arriv-
ing at Boston Nov. 3, 163 1, in company with his
brothers Jacob and Philip, Gov. Winthrop's wife
and children and about sixty others. He was im-



mediately placed in charge of the First Church of
Boston, tlie pastor, Mr. Wilson, having gone to
England temporarily, on business. His betrothed,
Annie ]\Iountfort, who was born Sept. 16, 1603,
followed him to New England, and they were mar-
ried in October, 1632. Mr. Eliot continued in
charge of the Boston congregation until his re-
moval to Roxbury, where he was ordained Nov. 5,
1632. He was the first minister in that place, and
continued as teacher of the church there until his
death, a p>eriod of nearly sixty 3'ears, preaching as
long as his strength lasted. His meeting house was
on the hill where the present meeting house of the
First (Unitarian) Church of Roxbury now stands.
At that time there were many Indians within the
limits of the English plantations, and to Christianize
and improve them became the ruling motive of Mr.
Eliot's life, his work among them commencing Oct.
28, 1646, at Nonantum, in Newton. He devoted
his great intellect to learning their language, and
made several translations of Holy Writ, the most
noted being that known as the "Indian Bible." The
New Testament was published at Cambridge in
September, 1661, and was followed by the Old, and
thus the entire Bible, with a catechism and the
Psalms of David in metre, was given to the Indians
in their own tongue within forty years after the
settlement of the country. This work was of such
magnitude, requiring such deep and exhaustive
learning, that it yet excites the wonder of philolo-
gists. Eliot's labors were far greater than those
of any of the translators in Germany, England and
France, for they had the facilities afforded by copies
of the Bible in Latin, which was the conventional
language of tlie priests and students of Europe,



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